The electric energy we use in our homes can be generated from the sun. To capture the sun’s rays, one needs to install a solar panel on the roof of their house or its sides. Solar panels are extraordinary glass sheets with photovoltaic (PV) cells incorporated in their structure. It is the PV cells that change the sun’s rays into solar power. The energy produced, direct current or DC power, is channeled to the house and is ready to be used on electrical appliances.
The production of sufficient solar energy in a building is likely not to be based on one solar panel, but a number of them. Also, the average number of solar panels to be used can be dictated by the amount of sunshine a house receives. This is affected by the number of trees shading the panels, the direction which a house faces among other things. A typical PV is able to produce energy for approximately 25 years, after which a replacement is ideal to continue power generation.
There are many ways in which the production of solar power has benefited the society. It has become a source of livelihood. The installation of solar panels requires special skills, and this has become a job opportunity for some interested persons. There has also emerged solar power companies that have facilitated employment opportunities in customer support, finance among others in their operations.
Through solar energy, some people have been able to save cash. Its installation eliminates the need to pay extra costs for electricity. Solar panels provide the energy they require for many years thereafter without incurring extra costs. Some people have benefited through providing electricity to energy companies at a fee. Solar power users enjoy using electricity with no strings attached.
Solar power is ecological and helps to save the environment. With other types of energy like hydroelectricity, there needs to be dams and turbines for energy production. This leads to landscape distortion, destruction of natural habitats and the release of methane gas. But, solar power avoids all that and only needs to have solar panels mounted onto a structure for the production.
A household that uses solar power has been able to curb the effects of inflation through solar power. This has been possible through the elimination of their electricity bills. The money they would have otherwise used on electricity bills is used to cater for other family requirements. Also, the amount of money a household receives from a surplus energy sale to a power company can be used to facilitate their comfortable living as well.